Cricket Match Predictions: ICC U19 WC Warm-up Matches 2022 - Afghanistan U19 vs England U19: 10th Jan
The Afghanistan U19 vs England U19 match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup Warm-up Matches 2022 will be played in Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts.
LIVE SCORES - Afghanistan U19 vs England U19
Afghanistan’s rise in the senior game has been mirrored at Under 19 level, with the side having reached the quarter-finals in three of the last four editions of the ICC U19 Men’s CWC.
Since first qualifying in 2010, Afghanistan have made it to every tournament since, with the highlight coming in 2018 when a team featuring the likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mujeeb Ur Rahman helped them reach the semi-finals before losing to Australia.
This time around, it will be up to spinner Noor Ahmad to provide the experience, as the only survivor from the 2020 squad.
The 17-year-old has been involved in both the Big Bash and the PSL and should provide plenty of support to skipper Suliman Safi.
It has now been 24 years since England’s sole ICC U19 Men’s CWC victory, but the team did reach the semi-finals on the way to third place back in 2014.
Last time out, England failed to get through the first round, edged out in a group also featuring Australia and the West Indies before going on to finish ninth with three wins in the play-offs.
This year, Hampshire batter and skipper Tom Prest will be hopeful of a stronger showing for a completely new-look side coached by Richard Dawson.
The team also features Barbados-born spinner Jacob Bethell, who will hope to impress on his return to the Caribbean, as well as fellow spinner Archie Lenham, who featured regularly for Sussex across all three formats in 2021 at the age of just 17.
Afghanistan - Suliman Safi (c), Ijaz Ahmadzai(vc), Mohammad Ishaq(wk) Suliman Arabzai, Bilal Sayeedi, Allah Noor, Muhammadullah, Khyber Wali, Ijaz Ahmad, Izharulhaq Naweed, Noor Ahmad, Faisal Khan, Naweed Zadran, Bilal Sami, Nangyalai Khan, Khalil Ahmad, Abdul Hadi, Bilal Tarin, Shahid Hassani and Younis.
England - Tom Prest (c), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Aspinwall, Sonny Baker, Nathan Barnwell, George Bell, Jacob Bethell, Josh Boyden, James Coles, Alex Horton, Will Luxton, James Rew, James Sales, Fateh Singh, George Thomas.
Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England Under-19
Who will win? – England Under-19
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Tom Prest (England Under-19), Suliman Safi (Afghanistan Under-19)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jacob Bethell (England Under-19), Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan Under-19)
Most Sixes – Tom Prest (England Under-19), Suliman Safi (Afghanistan Under-19)
Player of the Match – Tom Prest
Team Scores Batting first – England Under-19 250+, Afghanistan Under-19 200+
Match Handicap England Under-19
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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